Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Sick Day Christmas Project

     What is there to do when everyone, including yourself is sick?  It needs to be something easy, relaxing but also something that as you are sitting there on the couch (not wanting to move) you see needs to be done.  So mine was having something to do with Ella's hand prints for her first and second Christmas that I put on some felt and never did anything else with. What to do, what to do.  Well I recently bought some empty frames from the thrift store and have a recently emptied wall place.  So I cut some cardboard and linen napkin to fit the frame and used that as my backing.  After that I used some string and sewed on the hand print and stitched (free-hand) out some extra decor on them.  I think they are cute and I made them Christmas colors so they really fit in the living for now.  I'll have to make one more for this years hand-print but that can be after the Christmas hustle and bustle (unless there is another sick day before that).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Glitter Tree Tutorial

Glitter Tree Tutorial

Gather up your supplies:
  • Styrofoam cone
  • Candlestick
  • White glue, on hand
  • applicator brush
  • Beacon's 527 glue
  • Glitte
  • Ribbon
  • optional: Monogram embellishment

I picked up the candlestick holders and the Styrofoam
cones at the Dollar Store.

Start by applying the white glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue) with the applicator to the styrofoam cone, be generous.  Work from the top down.  When you start getting towards the bottom you may want stick a pen or something into the bottom of the cone to apply the glue on the bottom.

Next get out your glitter and make sure you have something on your workspace to catch the extra glitter. Then start to sprinkle the glitter on the cone.  Keep sprinkling until the tree is completely covered.  Try to let the glue dry a little bit before moving on to the next step.

Apply the Beacon 527 to the lip of the candle holder, once again generously.  Then attach the tree to the candle holder and fill in any holes on the tree in the glitter, that your fingers may have caused.

Cut your ribbon to fit around your tree, plus about a 1/2 inch.  Now attach it to your tree using double sided tape or glue to attach it around the tree.  This is optional, but I put an embellishment on the ribbon.  My embellishment happened to have prongs that I was able to just push in but you could also use glue to attach it. As you can see I actually attached the ribbon after but either way works.

 Here's my final product!